Budget: Under $2,000 after shipping and before MIR.
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Surfing the internet, some light programs such as photoshopping and video editing (hobbies), watching movies (planning to add blu-ray eventually)
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Mouse and Keyboard
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg, and can drive to a Microcenter
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: United States
PARTS PREFERENCES: None
OVERCLOCKING: Yes. Would like to get it close to 4.0.
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes, I want to add another card soon, preferably without changing any others parts.
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080 or 1920x1200
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I already made two builds, and would appreciate if any of you would do something different, or tell me which one you would prefer and for what reason. Also keep in mind I want both builds to be able to be crossfired/sli without adding new parts, just a new card. I would also really like to keep the HAF X and the ASUS VW266H, but I can be talked out of them.
The builds are identical except the power supply and GPU.
CPU: $200 i7-930
Case: $200 HAF X
HDD: $69.99 Spinpoint F3 1TB
Monitor: $279.99 ASUS VW266H
GPU: $389.99 Asus 5870
PSU: $169.99 Corsair HX 850W Modular
CD Drive: $24.99 Sony Optiarc 24x
Mobo: $269.99 EVGA X58 FTW3
OS: $99.99 Windows 7 64 bit
Thank you gkay! Any reason you pick the 5870 over the GTX 480? I understood it was the better card, and with new drivers coming out it should only get better. I like that case, but I'm going to keep the HAF X so I can try and fit that monster HSF in it.
Also, I'm not very tech savvy, I just configured these builds by looking at some others on Tom's. I'm pretty new to computers, and this will be my first build. Whats more important in RAM? The CAS latency or speed? Also, why those two mobos over http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ?
^ Well the GTX 480's performance increase over the HD 5870, doesnt warrant the power consumption and the heat that it produces...That is the main reason why I would stick with HD 5870...
But I doubt heat would be an issue with that case that you have selected though...
As for power consumption, it depends on you how you look at it...
So going with either is fine if you are OK with those 2 factors...
As for the mobo, the only reason is that you would have issues with the large CPU coolers and the VRM heatsinks on the mobo...Check the pics of that mobo...
Apart from this, there aren't any issues with that mobo...
As for the RAM, latency or speed depends...If you want higher overclocks, then speed, but if you will be overclocking only to moderate levels say 3.6-3.8GHz, then latency over speed...As with a 1600MHz RAM, you can easily overclock the CPU to those levels and tighter the timings the better...
Anyone else want to put in their opinion? Would appreciate it. I'm still on the fence about which graphic card. I'm worried about the heat and power of Nvidias new cards, but also they seem to be better than Radeons, and a generation ahead with directx11. Their drivers make it seem like they'll only keep getting better with than the radeon 58xx series. I'll probally go with a GTX 470 or 480 however. I'll decide when I order.